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Description - Christ by Jack Miles

With the same passionate scholarship and analytical audacity he brought to the character of God, Jack Miles now approaches the literary and theological enigma of Jesus. In so doing, he tells the story of a broken promise God s ancient covenant with Israel and of its strange, unlooked-for fulfillment. For, having abandoned his chosen people to an impending holocaust at the hands of their Roman conquerors. God, in the person of Jesus, chooses to die with them, in what is effectively an act of divine suicide. On the basis of this shocking argument, Miles compels us to reassess Christ s entire life and teaching: His proclivity for the powerless and disgraced. His refusal to discriminate between friends and enemies. His transformation of defeat into a victory that redeems not just Israel but the entire world. Combining a close reading of the Gospels with a range of reference that includes Donne, Nietzche, and Elie Wiesel, Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God is a work of magnificent eloquence and imagination."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780679781608
ISBN-10: 0679781609
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 132mm x 23mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jack Miles

Jack Miles is a writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications, including "The Atlantic Monthly," the "The" "New York Times," "The" "Boston Globe," "The" "Washington Post," and "The" "Los Angeles Times," where he served for ten years as literary editor and as a member of the newspaper s editorial board. The recipient of a Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages from Harvard University and a former Jesuit, he has been a Regents Lecturer at the University of California, director of the Humanities Center at Claremont Graduate University, and visiting professor of humanities at the California Institute of Technology. His first book, God: A Biography, won a Pulitzer Prize and has been translated into fifteen languages. Currently senior advisor to the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, a foundation supporting art and scholarship, Dr. Miles lives with his wife and daughter in Southern California."

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